Maintaining a sanitary environment during the COVID-19 outbreak is a crucial part in protecting yourself and those in your household from infection. Here are some guidelines for effectively sanitizing your household:
- Antibacterial products are not as effective when used atop of grime. Use soap and water on visibly dirty surfaces.
- Disinfectant frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
- Sanitation wipes should be used as directed by the producer and only when wet.
- The length of time that COVID-19 remains on fabric depends on the material. It is important to wash laundry, including masks according to directions. Use the warmest temperature possible and ensure material is completely dry before use.
Personal Hygiene Tips
- Soap and water is just as effective as hand sanitizer.
- Wash between your fingers, under your fingernails, and your forearms while handwashing.
- Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth if your hands are unwashed.
- Use sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
Coronavirus Myths Debunked!
There has been a great deal of misinformation spreading about COVID-19 through social media. Here are answers to some questions you may have.
Hydroxychloroquine is not proven effective in preventing in COVID-19. There are clinical trials underway in hopes of determining if it can be used to fight the virus. It is not advised for any individual to take this medication in relation to COVID-19 on their own.
Microwaving household items, or masks, is not an adequate method for sanitizing materials. It is dangerous and can reduce the quality of protection provided. If you are concerned that an item may have come into contact with COVID-19, disinfect it and wash your hands immediately after handling.
Antibacterial spray should not be used to clean masks as it may decrease the quality of the mask. Sprays do not work as effectively on soft materials, but work well on hard surfaces.
All types of soap, antibacterial and regular, are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
There is no evidence that COVID-19 has developed a resistance towards cleaning materials. Antiseptics and soap do not commonly allow resistance to develop in viruses. Refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) to check any information you have received.